Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender), is legislation which proposes to change the lyrics of O Canada from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”
Altering the words of our national anthem elicits some strong opinions from Canadians. Those who support the bill argue that our anthem could be more gender inclusive, and that this change could accurately reflect our nation in today’s context. Those who oppose the bill argue that our anthem is a sacred national symbol, a part of our identity, and the battle song of our brave men and women in uniform, which should not be changed
When this issue was raised in Parliament, I received correspondence and phone calls from constituents expressing their opinion on the matter, with a vested interest in the outcome. I voted against Bill C-210 when it was before the House of Commons last spring, based in part on the feedback I received. The bill is now before the Senate, and I believe that O Canada belongs to Canadians, not politicians. I value your opinion on this matter, so if you could please take a moment to respond I would greatly appreciate it.